Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Conference this weekend: Law and Justice in the Middle Ages

Later this week in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University, Wellesley College, and Lesley University are sponsoring a conference: "Law and Justice in the Middle Ages" (The New England Medieval Conference). Here are the details:

Law and Justice in the Middle Ages
October 30-November 1, 2009
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Registration info is here.

The speakers are all on Saturday. Here's the schedule:

8:30-9:30: Registration, Barker Center
9:30-11:00 Anglo-Saxon England
Allen Frantzen, Loyola University: “Food Ways and the Law: Diet and Discipline in Anglo-Saxon England”
Kathleen Davis, University of Rhode Island: “‘Laws and Times’: Questions of Precedent and History in Old English Texts”

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-1:00 Fourteenth-Century England
Kathryn Lynch, Wellesley College: “Law and Economic Justice in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale”
Charles Donahue, Harvard University: “Did the Law Achieve Justice in Fourteenth-Century England? There Were Those Who Had Their Doubts”

1:00-2:00 Lunch, Barker Center

2:00-4:00 The High Middle Ages
Peter Fergusson
, Wellesley College: “Canterbury Cathedral Priory: Forming a Sculpture and an Architecture for the Law”
Paul Hyams, Cornell University: “Orality and Literacy in the Age of the Angevin Law Reforms”
Matilda Bruckner, Boston College: “Violence, Peace and Justice in the Roman de Troie: Antique Romance Meets Feudal Practice”

4:00-4:30 Coffee break
4:30-6:00 The Later Middle Ages
Hugo van der Velden, Harvard University: “Gerard David’s ‘Judgment of Cambyses’”
Daniel Smail, Harvard University: “Violence and Predation in Late Medieval Europe”
6:00-7:00 Reception, Barker Center